Boston, MA (PressExposure) June 10, 2011 -- The Victorian Society New England Chapter has been in the forefront of local preservation for almost four decades. The organization has published two walking tour books of Boston that extol the virtues of Victorian Boston, outlining the history, architecture and social develpopment of the "Hub of the Universe." With walking tours, lectures and special events, all of New England is covered in the Victorian Age.
The 39th Annual Victorian Society Preservation Awards will recognize the following institutions and people:
Fort Andrews on Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor
The fort was begun in 1898; the fort was used as strategic outpostsin both World War I and II to fefend the inner harbor and Boston, but it had been abandoned for almost five decades. Today, almost half of the extant buildings comprising Fort Andrews will be restored, and serve as an attraction to the island.
The Gate Houses of the Sudbury Aqueduct
Built 130 years ago, this extant aqueduct was typical of Victorian water transports, though few survive to remind us of its purpose. At one time many cities and towns throughout New England had aquaducts, that served as striking and impressive structures to convey water.
The Belmont Mill in Belmont, NH
Built in 1833 as a textile mill, the Belmont Mill was a major concern and local employer until it was closed due to economics in 1970. The mill has now been restored and renovated, and where once mill works worked producing textiles is now housing a senior center, a day care facility, a medical clinic and a restaurant
The Annual Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to John Burrows. An activist and preservationist, his business J.R. Burrows & Compant specializes in the reproduction of Victorian carpeting and lace window tratments. Mr. Burrows, whose business is located in Rockland, Massachusetts, is a noted lecturerer and has been involved with the restoration and recreation of carpeting for numerous house museums including Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts and the White House in Washington, DC.